This is the very first episode of the Net Cafe series. It was shot on location at a cybercafe in San Francisco called CoffeeNet. It looks at the hacker culture and their influence on the early growth of the internet. Guests include Dan Farmer, author of SATAN and COPS; Eliaz Levi (aka Aleph 1), webmaster of underground.org and Bugtraq; also "Omega" and "White Knight" from Cult of the Dead Cow. Originally broadcast in 1996.
Al's hair is at it's finest in this song parody masterpiece imitating something else.
February 1, 2009 Subject:
Culture, Society and Technology
The "NetCafe" series appears to have more of a cultural/social perspective than the "Computer Chronicles." Perhaps it is because there are more social and cultural implications to Inter-networking than to business, home or industrial computing. Some of those interviewed made an important point that still holds true today: many people think their systems are safe, but no system is 100% safe from malicious intrusions, especially when connected to a network. Many Mac OSX and Linux users have a false sense of security when, in fact, their systems are as easy - or easier - to exploit than those running MicroSoft Windows (tm).
September 27, 2008 Subject:
free undelete support for life
So your software product is done but someone damaged the master. No budget money for restoration of a just-on-budget product. Ok, for free now? You're welcome.
August 7, 2007 Subject:
more TV modem info
July 23, 2007 Subject:
What the [**] is a TV modem?! Can the data still be extracted? It looks like the analog tape and MPEG encoding has partly ruined it. For start and end markers, there's just a gray line along the left side, and a white triangle on the bottom left. I don't see any clear segment markers. The top left bits seem to stay put most of the time, and maybe there's a sequence number next to it.
The framerate is 29,970, which is the same as the original NTSC signal (assuming it was taped in the US). But the signal is far from perfect. There's a bit of ghosting that may have been there in the original broadcast, but the most devastating effect seems to stem from the MPEG encoding. In most frames, vertical boundaries of pixel blocks (seams) are clearly visible.
I guess the "Cyber Blast!" logo seperates files. Some of the files are very short. Perhaps they are readme's or install guides. At the start and end of each file, distinctive patterns are shown. I think the EOF pattern is a kind of padding. I've uploaded some of those frames to imageshack: